The authenticity of Halloumi cheese is under threat due to the use of powdered milk, which has gone undetected in production tests. This poses a risk to the cheese’s Protected Designation of Origin status, as conflicting reports and a lack of checks exacerbate the issue.
🧀🐑 The Minister of Agriculture, Petros Xenophon, confirmed that the PDO Halloumi folder will be implemented as approved. If the EU does not grant a fiveyear transitional period, the quota for goat and sheep milk in halloumi cheese production will have to increase to 51% by 2024. Opposition from cheese makers and cattle farmers has arisen, while the Cyprus Goat and Sheep Farmers’ Association called for a comprehensive proposal. Halloumi PDO Cyprus Agriculture